Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny is Fairfax Media's chief political correspondent. A director of the National Press Club, he regularly appears on the ABC's Insiders, Sky News Agenda, and Ten's Meet the Press. He has reported from Canberra under three prime ministers and several opposition leaders.

Coalition and Labor to talk turkey on China-Australia free trade deal

Mark Kenny Trade Minister Andrew Robb has responded favourably to compromise proposals from the Labor opposition which would lift minimum wages of imported workers, strengthen qualification requirements of...

Tony Abbott falls victim to light-hearted paperwork prank on first day as a backbencher

Mr Chester handed Tony Abbott a Nationals membership form.

Mark Kenny It loomed as one of the toughest days for Tony Abbott - his first appearance back in the chamber he once commanded, but this time as the vanquished as the backbencher.

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Malcolm Turnbull's city focus on the money, but Labor not convinced

Mark Kenny, Peter Martin Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have used the first day of the new parliamentary fortnight to trade blows over urban public transport in a marked departure from the Abbott period, in which such...

Labor eyes changes to ease path of China free trade agreement

What effect has the sharemarket correction had on China's economy?

Peter Martin and Mark Kenny Labor is considering proposing an amendment to section 140GBA of the Migration Act which requires labour market testing before the import of workers on 457 visas, but only for a class of employers...

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The Malcolm Turnbull supremacy? Er, not yet at least

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time on Monday.

Mark Kenny Technically, it wasn't Malcolm Turnbull's first question time as Prime Minister, but in the most important sense of being in charge, it was.

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Brian Loughnane's departure clears the way for reform

Brian Loughnane will leave a sizeable hole when he steps down as federal director of the Liberal Party in January.

Mark Kenny When Brian Loughnane steps down from his position as federal director of the Liberal Party in January, he will leave a very sizeable hole in that organisation's structure and a solid legacy, too.

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Bill Shorten to unveil $10b 'concrete bank' to fund major projects

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will announce a major infrastructure policy on Thursday.

Mark Kenny Bill Shorten is poised to unveil an ambitious plan aimed at turbo-charging jobs and growth via a $10 billion financing facility for new public works and up-front commitments to get blocked major...

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Bill Shorten welcomes Malcolm Turnbull's greener government

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has welcomed a greener Turnbull government.

Mark Kenny Bill Shorten has welcomed the arrival of the greener Turnbull government, declaring Labor is now prepared to accept in "good faith" signs that the Coalition will treat wind and solar energy on their...

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Malcolm Turnbull welcomes TPP as 'gigantic foundation stone' for economy

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has welcomed the signing of the TPP.

Mark Kenny Malcolm Turnbull has welcomed the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership sealed on Tuesday as "a gigantic foundation stone" for the economy which will deliver jobs and growth while avoiding aspects...

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Malcolm Turnbull rides favourable trade winds of Tony Abbott's hard work

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Mark Kenny Lucky for Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott had several positive announcements in the pipeline to help the new PM out.

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Australian officials confident as massive trade deal inches closer

Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

Mark Kenny and Julia Medew Australia trade officials were increasingly confident on Monday night of securing an elusive breakthrough as six days of gruelling trade talks inched towards a final agreement on the Trans-Pacific...

Contract for new armoured personnel carriers to be announced

Malcolm Turnbull is expected to announce today that the Australian army's ASLAVs are to be replaced.

Mark Kenny Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to announce a key piece of Australia's future defence force capability: up to 1000 armoured vehicles.


Malcolm Turnbull's response to Parramatta shooting part of new approach

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Mark Kenny Responding to the latest instance of politically motivated violence, new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull struck a deliberately different tone from that of his predecessor, Tony Abbott.

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Radicalisation a social, not national security problem: Minister

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells being sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary for Social Services in September 2013.

Mark Kenny The federal government's assistant minister for Multicultural Affairs has called for a fundamental rethink of Canberra's counter-terrorism strategy to create a clear distinction between the...

Unions and employers hail inclusive Malcolm Turnbull as national mood lifts

Treasurer Scott Morrison, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss at a gathering of leaders from business, unions and community.

Mark Kenny and Nassim Khadem The government has reached in-principle agreement with unions, employers and welfare organisations to reduce a raft of concessional taxation arrangements that benefit the rich.

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Business pushes Malcolm Turnbull for 'actual doable' policies

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the government takes rape allegations on Nauru very seriously.

Mark Kenny and Lisa Cox Business and union leaders will lean on new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to commit to real tangible reform in order to unlock a sluggish economy and position it for the Asian century when...

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Malcolm Turnbull left weighing reform task as market dives on resources woes

Malcolm Turnbull.

Mark Kenny, Stephen Cauchi A plunge of 190 points in one day has wiped some $55 billion off the Australian sharemarket, reducing revenue to Canberra, rocking confidence, and underscoring the urgency of the economic reform task...

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Tony Abbott's Ray Hadley interview shows exactly why he's no longer prime minister

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Mark Kenny Tony Abbott's choice of media outlets to justify his position and his government's performance says everything.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull convenes mini-summit on economy

Malcolm Turnbull announced he intends to challenge Prime Minister Abbott at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 14 September 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares for Joe Aston

Mark Kenny Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has invited leaders from the worlds of business, unions, community organisations and think tanks to discuss the best way forward for long-overdue economic reforms.

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Make coal companies pay full costs of clean-up, say Greens

Greens leader Richard Di Natale.

Mark Kenny Greens leader Richard Di Natale has proposed a direct levy on coal miners to fund "billions of dollars" in environmental rehabilitation.

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